IDK is playing the rap game on his own terms. 

Born Jason Aaron Mills in London before migrating to the States as a child, IDK—which is the acronym for “Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge”—spent his early years watching the greats play before working on his own technique. No longer a rookie, he’s ready for all the titles. Growing up in Maryland, Mills was always around basketball—he played it at a decent level, but music was always the path for him. Of course, the two have gone hand-in-hand since forever.

The rapper, producer and singer-songwriter’s first notable foray into the world of basketball was when he scored the soundtrack to NBA star Kevin Durant’s documentary, Basketball County: In The Water, in 2020. Beyond the Maryland connection, it feels fitting to compare IDK’s career to that of Durant’s—someone who faced much adversity to get to where he is today.

From sitting in jail aged 17 looking at an 80-year sentence for armed robbery, to deciding to move into music and make a respectable name in the industry, IDK’s journey has been pretty incredible. Now, aged 29, with a solid catalogue of music to his name, IDK boasts plenty of plaudits and has worked with some of the greats—from the late DMX to Tyler, The Creator, Young Thug to Burna Boy. IDK’s content, while fitting perfectly into today’s landscape of melody and trap, remains conscious, unafraid to tackle tough subject matter such as wrestling with religion and past traumas, to how the political landscape feels to him as a Black man in America.

Hot on the heels of his 2021 album, USEE4URSELF, he once again finds himself back on the court, this time with a new single as part of the NBA 2K22 soundtrack. We caught up with IDK to discuss the dichotomy between rappers and ballers, being a London boy living the American dream, and what he loves most about the NBA 2K franchise.

IDK’s “Santa Monica Blvd” track was included in ‘First Fridays’, which sees new songs added to the NBA 2K22 soundtrack every Friday throughout the season. Check out the latest music in-game on the soundtrack and at Club 2K. NBA 2K22 is available now on PS4 and PS5.

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